De Niro?
Hide and Seek
Review by Ross Anthony

If you like scary, thriller movies, then you might just like this. Me? I don't. Scary is not my genre. But, I do like supernatural, and sometimes it's hard to tell when a film is just scary, or has more to offer. I assumed that with Robert De Niro heading the cast, that this might just be a film with a much stronger punch than a hatchet. It is not.

Though shot well, directed well, and acted very well; "Hide and Seek" hasn't much to hide, and very little to pay off for all your seeking. You've got the standard boiling water on the stove, jammed window, eerie music box, big old house in the woods. And a ragtag group of regular people who act all weird and scary even when nothing scary is happening.

Then there's the little girl. Me? I don't like kids to be used in horror flicks unless there's some redeeming value in the end. But, I'm very biased and this is not my genre.

I read through the production notes in hopes of finding the reason De Niro agreed to do this film -- I found none. But here's an apropos quote from first-time screenwriter Ari Scholossberg, "I wanted to write a really scary movie."


  • Hide and Seek. Copyright © 2005.
  • Starring Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Famke Janssen, Amy Irving, Elisabeth Shue.
  • Directed by John Polson.
  • Screenplay by Ari Scholossberg.
  • Produced by Barry Josephson at 20th Century .

Grade..........................B- (2/4)

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